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We set out to break down what it costs to attend some of Georgia’s top schools—and how much of those price tags is paid from the pockets of students.
Morehouse College commencement speaker Robert F. Smith made the biggest headlines when he announced he would pay the student debt of the entire graduating class, but this year's group of Atlanta University Center commencement speakers also included a Hawks basketball legend and the mayor of Atlanta. Here are some of the best pieces of wisdom and advice from the speeches.
During a rally for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Friday, former President Barack Obama played all of his fans' favorite hits. When someone in the crowd shouted "Obama, I love you," he replied, "I love you back." He said, "Don't boo, vote," his oft-repeated phrase from 2016, multiple times during his hour-long speech at Morehouse College.
Tomisha Brock made history when she was named band director of Clark Atlanta University as the first woman to lead the band and the first female band director in the entire Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. We recently spoke with Brock about what makes marching band culture so unique at HBCUs.
When you think of metro Atlanta, many things may come to mind. Capital of the New South, for example. Or worst place to be a Pepsi fan. “College town” probably isn’t on your list. But the area’s 6 million residents include more than 250,000 college students, according to the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education. Each year this quarter-million-strong cohort studies at one of the metro area’s fifty-seven colleges and universities.
I love Clark Atlanta University because it has a diverse student body that includes students from various regions and countries. The environment is a very nurturing one, and faculty and staff will serve as mentors, something that’s more difficult to do at larger institutions.
Founded in 1988, Clark Atlanta University is the product of a merger between Atlanta University (the graduate school where W.E.B. Du Bois once taught) and the undergraduate Clark College, both founded in the 1860s. In addition to being the largest institution in the United Negro College Fund, Clark Atlanta is a member of the Atlanta University Center, the nation's largest conglomeration of historically black institutions; other members include Spelman, Morehouse, and Morehouse School of Medicine. Despite the controversial declaration of an "enrollment emergency" in 2009, Clark's enrollment exceeded expectations this year with 3,941 students, the most in the AUC.